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Ground Cherry (Physalis heterophylla)

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Other Names: Clammy ground cherry, husk tomato, tomatillo, Chinese lantern, strawberry tomato, and popweed


Perennial plant with edible fruit that resembles a cherry tomato. The fruit is encased in a "papery, inflated covering". Ripe when yellow.


Native through much of the midwest: From canada to Louisiana, west to Nebraska and into Colorado.




Source: Kindscher, Kelly. Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: an Ethnobotanical Guide. University Press of Kansas: 1987.

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